Kansas Jaehawks puts soccer coach Les Miles on vacation after investigating the behavior at LSU

Kansas Jaehawks puts soccer coach Les Miles on vacation after investigating the behavior at LSU

Jeff Long, the Jayhawks’ sporting director, said in a statement Friday evening that Kansas has put soccer coach Not Miles on administrative leave and the university will conduct a full review to determine appropriate next steps for his future.

The decision came after the announcement this week of reports on Miles’ behavior while training at LSU in 2013.

“Although the allegations against him occurred at the University of London, we take these matters very seriously at Kuwait University,” Long said in the statement. “Now that we have access to this information, it will take the coming days to fully review the material and see if there is any additional information available. I do not want to speculate on a timeline for our review because it is essential that we take measures to satisfy the requirements.”

On Thursday, a report released on behalf of LSU showed that a 2013 internal investigation at the school accused Miles of inappropriate behavior toward female students, including allegations that he contacted each other via Facebook and text messages, met them off campus alone and accepted at least one of the girls. . they. The report did not find that he had sexual relations with any of the women, and Miles strongly denied kissing the student, saying that he had done nothing wrong and that he was directing young women at university.

Law Firm Taylor Porter conducted the investigation on LSU’s behalf. Miles’ attorney, Peter Ginsberg, told ESPN Thursday that the findings “should put an end to the inaccurate and unfounded media reports that Coach Lee Miles made an inappropriate touch to a student volunteer in the sports department eight years ago.”

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On Friday, a second report was released, prepared by law firm Husch Blackwell, detailing systemic failures by LSU to adequately report incidents of sexual misconduct and sexual assault related to athletes. Part of this report showed that former LSU Athletic Director Joe Aleeva recommended in 2013 that Miles be fired from the coaching position due to the aforementioned accusations of inappropriate behavior with female students.

Miles was not at the football offices at Kuwait University on Friday. The Jayhawks hired him in November 2018, and signed him to a five-year contract at the time.

The 67-year-old Miles is 3-18 years old in his first two seasons in Kansas, including 0-9 in 2020. Jayhawks’ only win in the Big 12 of those two seasons came over Texas Tech in 2019. Kansas last won By more than three matches in one season in 2009.

Long and Miles worked together in Michigan in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Miles was out of training for parts of three seasons before Long hired him at Kuwait University.

Sources told ESPN that Mike Debord, who was hired last month as the coordinator of the attack in Kansas, will be overseeing the program with Miles on vacation.

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